All coaches are qualified USASF
Senior Coaching staff have these qualifications aswell up to and including, Stunts, Baskets & Tumbling level 5.
All are First Aid Qualified.
The Head Coaches / Founders
Lianne Blackwood (35) & Helen Best (35)
Lianne Blackwood and Helen Best are both qualified cheerleading coaches at Masters level NCSSE and hold full credentials to Level 5 USASF. They started coaching the Sussex Tornado's back in 1998 when there was just 8 members. The squad now has over 100 members which consists of 7 competition teams over levels 1 to 4, a SEN Team and a Cheer 4 Fun Team.
They have, since they started, travelled all over England & Scotland and across the world to Denmark- Norway- Japan- USA- Germany- Malaysia and Russia.
They were asked to perform as part of 'Team UK 2005' and travelled to Tokyo, Japan with another coach Carley Johnson and other cheerleaders from across the UK, to compete against the worlds best at the Worlds Cheerleading Championships.
In June 2006 they were also asked to be part of the 'Stunt and Cheer Allstars' who competed at Loughborough University. And While Helen took the Junior Coed Stunt team to Norway to compete at the European championships, Lianne travelled to Malaysia with the BCA and taught thousands of cheerleaders and judged their National and regional competitions.
Lianne was again successful and became part of the 'Team UK 2008' and travelled to Orlando, Florida to compete at the Worlds Cheerleading Championships and has also passed her judges exams so is now a qualified judge!!
Lianne has also received an award for Best Coach/Manager 2010 in the Community stars awards which were voted by readers of the Worthing herald and Littlehampton Gazette.
Lianne can now present NCSSE coaches courses, where she will have the pleasure in qualifying brand new coaches of cheerleading teams around the country.
These are all great achievements to have under the Sussex Tornados belt!!!
SUSSEX TORNADO'S ALLSTAR CHEERLEADING PROGRAMME COACHING STAFF
All Coaches and Trustees are Voluntary and all give up their time to teach their squads for the love of the sport.
Carley Johnson (32) Head Coach
Carley oversees all teams within the Tornados family. She is the first point of call for all parents and cheerleaders and coaches the junior and Senior Teams. She is the Tornados tumble coach who spends the majority of her time at the cheer gym, as well as working full time. Carley offers private sessions for those cheerleaders who want to work on specific elements of their cheerleading.
Cloudburst - Tiny level 1 : Aged 5 to 6
Coached by Jordan Burdon
Assistant coach - Abbie Wickens
Team Captains - Ria Jones and Leah Greenwood
Thunderbolts - Mini level 1 : Aged 8 and younger
Coached by Carley Johnson and Hannah Roberts
Lightning Strikes - Youth Level 1 - Aged 11 and younger
Coached by Kirstie Wilson, Alison Slade and Kelly Jordan
Ultimate Storm - Youth Level 2 - Aged 11 and younger
Coached by Kelly Alderton and Jordan Burdon
Team Captain - Tara Swift
Full Force 10 - Junior Level 2 - Aged 14 and younger
Coached By Carley Johnson
Assistant coach - Jordan Burdon
Supreme Thunder - Senior Level 1/2 - Aged 10+ years
Coached by Carley Johnson
Hurricane Extreme - Senior Level 3/5 - Aged 10+ years
Coached by Lianne Blackwood, Carley Johnson and Helen Best
Tropical Breeze - SEN Team - All ages welcome
Coached by Kelly Jordan and Richard Dalley
Cheer 4 Fun - Aged 4+
Coached by Alison Slade, Kelly Jordan & Richard Dalley
Phil Jeffrey - Sussex Tornados Chairman
Phil Jeffrey has been with the Sussex Tornados since day one in 1998, where he started coaching gymnastics. He then took on the role of Chairman of the Sussex Tornados Charity when we became registered Charity in 2011. He has always been and will always be a true and loyal friend to the Sussex Tornados.
As A Registered Charity the Board of Trustees make all decisions regarding the running and operation of the Sussex Tornado's.
Treasurer = Lillian Weston
Secretary = Stevie Coe
Head Coach = Lianne Blackwood
Head Coach = Helen Best
Cheerleaders Representative = Carley Johnson
Cheerleaders Representative = Alison Slade
Parent Representative = Lee Woodford (New Addition July 2017)
Trustee = Peter Weston
If you would like to contact any of the trustees you can do so at [email protected] and your email will be directed accordingly.